Boston's role players showed up Wednesday night and filled up the scoring column of the box score.
Thomas hasn't responded to the fine, but we are pretty sure the 28-year-old's domination over the Wizards during Wednesday night's game might have something to do with it. Isaiah and company beat the Wizards 123-101 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. If the Boston-Washington series goes seven, the victor meets the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Al Horford added 19 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. He later gave credit to his opponent Bradley, and said "Give him credit".
While Cleveland is resting after two consecutive won the series with the score 4:0, "Boston" and "Washington" continue to fight for an exit in the Eastern conference finals. It won't be easy and it wouldn't surprise me if the series goes to a game 7 at the Garden Monday night.
Boston led by as many as 26 points, negating Washington's physicality by spreading the floor and knocking down 16 3-pointers. His 29 - he rested in the fourth quarter and logged just 30:27 overall - left him one point shy of becoming the first Celtic other than Thomas to score 30 in game since Bradley on October 29 - the third game of the season.
Brooks agreed, saying: "I thought we would come out better tonight". "Tonight we saw if we're able to start the right way, the game's in our control".
The Celtics got on an early 16-0 run and never looked back. We've got to do a better job of keying on those guys also and not giving them open looks. Washington has used a few different defenders on Thomas, most of the time going with either Bradley Beal or Kelly Oubre Jr. The Celtics bigs outplayed the Wizards bigs and though Marcin Gortat still grabbed 11 boards, he was ineffective for much of the game. The home team wins.
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The Wizards responded with more energy after half-time, but each of their mini-runs were quickly beaten back by Boston, which continued to share the ball and take advantage of their fast break opportunities.
Bradley hit his last basket with 5:55 left in the third quarter and was rested in the fourth.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens acknowledged that they knew somebody else needed to step up with the Wizards game-planning so heavily for Thomas. Bradley though was not the only Celtic player to find offense early. And he's no stranger to having big games against the Cavs. "I usually don't say anything, and I just go out there and play hard". But the club has endured some road struggles of their own during the playoffs, losing seven of eight SU, and going 2-6 ATS.
Washington's Kelly Oubre, who sat out Game 4 via National Basketball Association suspension after running into Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk, heard chants for him long before he entered the game in the second quarter.
On a night when nearly everything went right for the Boston Celtics, Marcus Smart tested fate.
The Celtics shot 65 percent from the field in the first quarter and 53 percent overall, including 16 of 33 on 3-point attempts. The first two both came against Chicago in the first round.
Oubre finished with 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes Wednesday night.